PATRICK “BENGEL” RASCHE NEW EAST ADVENTURE AT KAMCHATKA, RUSSIA ON THE THIRD PART OF THE OUTLAW DIARIES!
On the Outlaw Diaries with Patrick Bengel Rasche, the first part was in Germany which is his hometown. Second one in British, Columbia and this time on the third part Wild Wild East, Rasche brought us in Kamkatcha, Russia. The Kamkatcha Peninsula which holds the volcanoes of Kamchatka is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
According to Wikipedia, Kamchatka is a 1,250-kilometre-long (780 mi) peninsula in the Russian Far East, with an area of about 270,000 km2 (100,000 sq mi). The Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Okhotsk make up the peninsula’s eastern and western coastlines, respectively. Immediately offshore along the Pacific coast of the peninsula runs the 10,500-metre (34,400-ft) deep Kuril–Kamchatka Trench.
Rasche is like an action star here as he is in a new adventure at an unusual place! Riding on the jeep and as the old Russian MI8 helicopter takes off, he walks off and started biking all over again!
It was a trip into the unknown and we really didn’t know what to expect at all. What we experienced in those two weeks shooting the movie was just mind-blowing. The infinite landscapes and huge active volcanos and the completely different and raw lifestyle of the people there really caught us. We learned a lot on that trip. For example, how hard it is to sit for hours and hours in the back of a jeep on the bumpiest roads of the planet, trying to find some rideable spots. Have you ever tried to reach a location in a wild landscape where you can’t even find a path to walk? Or when it takes four hours to hike up what looked like a small hill from the distance? And what a thrill it is to approach those spots in an old Russian helicopter, with one of the three pilots jumping out of the flying machine to chop off trees in the landing area every time we try to land somewhere in the wilderness? Yes it was a crazy time and the perfect destination for the third part of the Outlaw Diaries series. In the end the trip showed us what big potential Siberia has to offer and we know for sure, that it was not our last time in the wild wild east. We just scratched the surface in the wildest place we’ve visited so far. – El Flamingo Films
Looking for untouched terrain to ride and film I stumbled across pictures of giant volcanoes surrounded by beautiful nature in Kamchatka, eastern Siberia. Straight away I was hooked on the idea of exploring this place and riding my bike down some of those volcano faces. A few months later I found myself on top of a mountain and roughly got the call through the radio from the filmers out of the helicopter. After ninety seconds of hauling down steep grades over sharp rocks I hit the brakes as hard as I could to stop my bike before it ran into big boulders, trees and bushes. That heli day was the highlight for sure, but all in all the whole trip was so special and such a unique experience that it took us quite a while to digest it all. Throwing yourself into the unknown and trying to ride bikes at this place wasn’t always just a pleasure. But when we had a barbecue two weeks later and recalled the trip with all the anticipation, effort, risk-taking and crazy moments we all felt so satisfied. The pressure was off and we all realized that we me made it happen and just pioneered new ground in mountain biking. – Patrick “Bengel” Rasche(Pink Bike, 2018)
In 04:42, the Rasche bikes down on the sharp volcano dirt which took him one and a half minutes from top to bottom. El Flamingo says.
“We called this “Lord Of The Rings” because we always expected Gandalf or the hobbits to come by in this unreal setting. It took us half a day to get there by car and feet although it was only around 2km distance to our lodge. Kamchatka distances…”
How incredible this journey is! All bikers and fans out there should really watch this once in a lifetime experience at the Kamchatka Peninsula with a breathtaking view!